What technological transformations are going to bring about the biggest opportunities in the technology sector in the next few years. I took a few minutes to outline a few of the obvious opportunities that have just started down this path and are going to pick up momentum in the next 2-5 years. These industries will change the way we live, work, entertain, travel, consume and engage.
- Internet-enabled home automation (mobile controlled locks, lighting, appliances, etc.)
- Virtual reality headsets (Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens, etc.)
- Smart cars & self-driving vehicles
3D Printing Beginnings
Unlike traditional printers that print on paper, 3D printers work by layering atoms on top of each other in order to print 3D objects. Historically, 3D objects were created via expensive manufacturing equipment that required months, or even years, of advance planning, prototyping and creating a mould which could be used to manufacture duplicates of a single planned 3-dimensional object.
3D Printing Today
Today, 3D printing methods have already begun to revolutionize almost every industry. 3D printers are capable of using a multitude of materials to print various 3D objects: nano-composites, plastics, powdered metals, and even bio-materials!
Although previously impossible, being able to print entirely new designs on-demand has become a reality. This has helped companies exponentially improve their production times. The speed of printing parts and objects is incredible and it just this aspect alone, it has already changed the world!